Belfast tours and excursions
Black Cab tours
Belfast tours don't come better than a Black Cab Tour where witty, knowledgeable guides take tourists to the Peace Wall in West Belfast, an ugly, prison-like concrete and metal barrier built to separate Belfast's Catholic and Protestant communities. Working the Falls and Shankill Roads during the Troubles, cabbies take in both sides of the fence, plus the political murals, in around 90-minutes.Tel: +44 7702 060 573.
An essential part of Belfast nightlife is its historic pubs. A good introduction is provided by the Belfast Pub Tour, which visits evergreen favourite such as Bittles Bar, Kelly's Cellars, Maddens, McHugh's and White's Tavern. Each tour features five pubs, stopping in a couple for a tipple. Tours last 2 hours.Tel: +44 28 9268 3665.
Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant's Causeway, is a 90-minute drive from Belfast. According to local legend, two feuding giants from Ireland and Scotland built the Causeway so they could travel across the sea to do battle. Formed around 65 million years ago by the cooling of volcanic rock, this unique geological feature consists of a protrusion of basalt hexagonal columns jutting into the sea. The local coastline and scenery are also spectacular but don't miss Lacada Point where the Girona, a Neapolitan galleass which was part of the Spanish Armada, sank in 1588 killing all 1,200 men on-board.Tel: +44 28 2073 1855.
Bushmills is Ireland's oldest whiskey distillery and a visit is often included in a County Antrim tour. Every bottle begins life with un-peated malted barley, which means it's dried with hot air rather than over a peat fire, so the whiskey is free from the smoky flavour often associated with other drams. Tours take in the Mixing Room, the Fermentation Halls and the Distillery, but the best part is trying the different whiskeys at the end.Tel: +44 28 207 33218.
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